Shish Taouk – Chicken Kabobs

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Get acquainted with the broiler in your oven, if you are not already. You can make some great food with it - and fast. These kabobs take 10 minutes once they're in the oven, and are incredibly versatile. They can be served on a salad, in a pita with hummus and veggies, on a plate of rice or quinoa with sauteed broccolini - you name it. The chicken … [Read more...]

Chicken Stroganoff

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Why not, right? While beef stroganoff is an ultimate comfort food, I try to limit (but not eliminate!) my red meat consumption. I am always on the lookout for alternatives. I was a bit skeptical of this recipe at first, but I performed my litmus test by scanning the ingredient list to see if there was anything I really was not interested in working … [Read more...]

Baked Halibut Bites

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Sounds better than "fish sticks," and tastes better too! This recipe is no substitute for "fish and chips," as billed by the original recipe that inspired it, but it is light, crispy, and tastes fresh - so that works for me! The dark horse of this dish was the "tartar sauce" which was in the print article, but did not make it to the online … [Read more...]

French Fries

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French fries are, easily, one of my top-ten favorite foods. It is possible that they would be one of my top-ten favorite things in the world, but I have not drafted such a list. With the skin on - even better. I ate the entire batch I just made, and am making myself hungry again thinking about it. As a general rule, however, I do not like eating … [Read more...]

Meat Sauce

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If “quasi-goulash” were a thing, you would be reading a post about it now.  But it is not; I just made that up. So instead, you are reading a post about a dish that started as a cross between marinara and Bolognese sauce. Call it what you will – I call it “delicious” (well, I call it “meat sauce”), and cannot make it too frequently, or else it … [Read more...]

How to: Make Spaghetti Squash

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I will start this post by stating outright that I love my pasta, and I am not going to pretend that spaghetti squash is a flawless substitute for noodles. It is, however, healthier. I am no health expert, but I can perform a mean internet search of "spaghetti squash," which leads to all sorts of calorie and nutrition factoids. While there are … [Read more...]

Applesauce

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I love apples and buy them regularly, but they are just never the first thing I grab when I want a snack. As a result, I often end up with a small army of them in my refrigerator. Just one of those things, I guess! But I found a delicious use for them, even when they are past the point where they are crisp. Although this recipe works best with … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

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It is so satisfying to me to make something hearty, healthy, and delicious from ingredients I always have on hand. This recipe can be made from items you can keep in your pantry, with just a few items from the produce department (and if you are like me, you usually have at least one onion and one sweet potato on hand anyway). The optional bit of … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Peppers

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While roasted peppers are easily found in stores and are great in a pinch, if you find fresh peppers at a decent price, it is more cost-effective and healthy to prepare them yourself. They will also taste fresher - and there is no substitute for that! Turn on the broiler in your oven and set a rack 4 to 5" below. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; … [Read more...]